Pokémon Shiny Diamond and Shimmering Pearl make record debut in Japan

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Pokémon Shiny Diamond and Shimmering Pearl have made their big physical debut in Japan. The first sales figures from Famitsu they throw a really encouraging data for these deliveries, the remakes of the works that inaugurated the fourth generation of the saga in Nintendo DS. The return to Sinnoh has resulted in 1,395,642 units sold in Japan in just three days (November 19, 20 and 21); the second best premiere in the history of Nintendo Switch in Japanese lands, only behind Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

Pokémon Shiny Diamond and Shimmering Pearl, best Pokémon debut on Nintendo Switch

With that sales data, which are contemplated by the physical copies in stores, the Double Pack and the sales of physical download codes, not so digital sales via eShop, we can reach several conclusions that show a record for these works developed by the studio ILCA under the supervision of Junichi Masuda (director of the original titles and current producer at Game Freak).

The first of those records is clear: Pokémon Shiny Diamond and Shimmering Pearl have signed Best Pokémon Video Game Debut on Nintendo Switch to Date in Japan. Although by a minimal margin, the Sinnoh remakes have improved the data of Pokémon Sword and Shield in its first week, which to date accumulate an amount above the 4.1 million units sold only in Japanese lands. For its part, Pokémon Let’s Go! Pikachu / Eevee followed suit with 664,198 units sold in their first three days (their first week computed).

Accumulated sales during its first week in Japan

  • Pokémon Shiny Diamond and Shimmering Pearl (2021) – 1,395,642 units sold
  • Pokémon Sword and Shield (2019) – 1,364,544 units sold
  • Pokémon Let’s Go! Pikachu / Eevee (2018) – 664,198 units sold
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A bit of history: Pokémon Shiny Diamond and Shimmering Pearl point to success in the saga

It is always important to consider the context of this data. Nintendo Switch currently has an installed base of more than 22 million units in Japan, so these titles are targeting more people than when Let’s Go and Sword / Shield were released. Not surprisingly, this data does not detract from the debut of Pokémon Shiny Diamond and Shining Pearl, which can perfectly exceed 3 million copies in Japan in a few months.

As an additional contribution, it should be noted that Pokémon Pearl and Diamond (2006, Nintendo DS) sold in their first four days in Japan 1,586,000 units. They closed their global commercial cycle with 17.67 million units sold.

Now it is necessary to know how these deliveries will have debuted in the rest of the world. The reference to the United Kingdom is equally encouraging, with data that improves the premiere of Pokémon Let’s Go, but is slightly below Pokémon Sword and Shield.

Till the date, Pokémon Sword and Shield they have sold more22.64 million copies all over the planet; very close to exceeding 23.10 million units of Gold and Silver (1998, GB). For its part, Pokémon Let’s Go, Pikachu/Eevee they have exceeded 13.68 million units.

References | Nintendo Everything; Famitsu Sales (via Gematsu [2]); Nintendo IR Data


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